I've been in a book club with a dozens other women for about 15 years. This year, I thought, why don't YOU read along with US, starting this month?!

courtesy Sarah Chavez-Blane
courtesy Sarah Chavez-Blane

Yeah, sometimes I preface the phrase 'I'm in a book club' with 'don't laugh at me'. Lol. But book clubs don't deserve the stigma. Yeah, the ladies in my club drink wine at monthly meetings, but we end up having fun discussions about what we'd recently read and are considering reading in the future.

Over the years, we've introduced each other to some fantastic stories, both novel and non-fiction, and some not-so-fantastic stories. But at the end of the day, book club got us in the habit of reading CONSTANTLY. And that's what I still enjoy to this day.

So, if you're overwhelmed by the selection of books you see in stores but are committed to reading more in 2023, why not follow along with my book club? We read between 10-12 titles a year, selecting a new book about every 4-6 weeks.

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Then, at the end of the month we can check back in with each other, and you can give me your opinion on the book we just read. I'd even love to have your suggestions for the NEXT read.

Heather's Book Club Selection: January 2023: Lessons in Chemistry


The selection of Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus was made by book club member Dawn H. of Brigantine.

courtesy Heather DeLuca
courtesy Heather DeLuca

Yeah, it sounds like a high school science text, lol, but it's more along the lines of the movie Hidden Figures, but with a twist all its own. Women of the 1950s and 1960s working in the field of science trying to get the men they work for and with to take them and their ideas seriously. It's a New York Times Best Seller. Here's the official plot (courtesy of Amazon.com).

'Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.'

Read with me and we'll reconnect in the beginning of February to review. Welcome to Heather's 2023 Book Club!

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